Photo: Friendly staff and immaculate dorms within.

Photo of Harbourside BackpackersHarbourside Backpackers

Immaculately clean and friendly

Lot 42, Block HS-4 Harbour Square, Sandakan T: (089) 217 072

Harbourside Backpackers

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Mixed and single-sex dorms and private rooms at Harbourside Backpackers are smart and shiny clean, immaculate almost to the point of feeling a little sterile, but thankfully the friendly staff add some semblance of warmth.

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Air-con dorms provide sturdy wooden bunkbeds and windows that let in lots of sunlight. Private rooms come in configurations to suit solo travellers through to families, with share or private facilities. We thought the privates a little boxy and overpriced considering they offer nothing more than a bed, and better value can be found in some local hotels.

Spotless share bathrooms will have you believing this place is brand new, and not several years old (they opened in 2012); it’s really one of the cleanest hostels we’ve seen in Sabah. A spacious and comfy communal lounge offers big inviting couches and a sizeable flatscreen TV along with a good selection of DVDs. It’s also a great spot for meeting other travellers.

Included breakfast is served in the share kitchen, which is, you guessed it, spick and span. Drinks including beer are available to buy. Staff will go out of their way to help you get the best deals on last-minute Kinabatangan tours and offer advice on which is the right fit for you. Harbourside Backpackers is in a handy location, very close to the Harbour Mall and the waterfront. You’ll need to book — it’s popular. Nearby Sandakan Backpackers is a good alternative or for a private room, a decent budget hotel pick is May Fair Hotel.

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Walk-in rates at Harbourside Backpackers

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
30 ringgit
30 ringgit
Sgl fan share bathroom
55 ringgit
55 ringgit
Sgl air-con private bathroom
65 ringgit
65 ringgit
Dbl air-con share bathroom
70 ringgit
70 ringgit
Dbl air-con private bathroom
90 ringgit
90 ringgit
Triple air-con share bathroom
105 ringgit
105 ringgit
Triple air-con private bathroom
135 ringgit
135 ringgit
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 30 ringgit, high season 30 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Sgl fan share bathroom, low season: 55 ringgit, high season 55 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: 65 ringgit, high season 65 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 70 ringgit, high season 70 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 90 ringgit, high season 90 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con share bathroom, low season: 105 ringgit, high season 105 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 135 ringgit, high season 135 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is Harbourside Backpackers

Harbourside Backpackers
Lot 42, Block HS-4 Harbour Square, Sandakan
T: (089) 217 072
Coordinates (for GPS): 118º7'10.36" E, 5º50'20.96" N
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

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